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Miami University International Student Orientation

Welcome, Fall 2021 Cohort of International Students!

Missed a past newsleter? Read previous Orientation Newsletters
In this issue, read about:
  • Beginning the Online Orientation Modules in Canvas
  • Covid-19 Travel and Vaccination Considerations 
  • Placement Testing
  • Miami-Myaamia Connection 

Beginning the Online Orientation Modules and Pre-Arrival Preparation

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You will receive an invitation in your email inbox to join the International Student Online Orientation via Canvas this week. The first orientation modules cover preparations that you should now be making to arrive on campus for the in-person orientation activities that will take place August 13-17. Details about the ISSS pickup at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) airport hotel on the morning of August 12 will be available in upcoming newsletters and Canvas modules. 
Make sure to complete the tasks detailed in each of the Canvas modules covering pre-arrival preparations.
Additional Canvas modules will be released throughout the summer that will cover academic programs, how to meet with your academic advisor and register for courses, important information about maintaining "international student status" while studying in the U.S., and need-to-know information for all Miami students. 
Please be sure to keep checking your email address regularly and send any questions to 

Covid-19 Travel Guidelines, Vaccinations, and Testing  

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In addition to preparing medical records as covered in the International Student Online Orientation Canvas module, you should also check for updates to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines on:
Also, be sure to review the status of any applicable travel restrictions.
Please note that Miami University is not requiring Covid-19 vaccine for students at this time. Sharing your test result/vaccination record with the Miami COVID-19 testing and response teams will affect your arrival procedure according to Miami's Vaccination Plan. Please note that Miami only accepts Covid-19 vaccines approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) or WHO (World Health Organization). This list can be found on the Covid-19 and Planning for Fall 2021 ISSS webpage.
Students who have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 should use the MedProctor Portal to share your documentation with the university. Note that international vaccine records must be translated into English before being uploaded into MedProctor.
Students who have not yet been vaccinated will be able to receive the Covid-19 vaccine upon arrival to campus in August. 
Read more about Covid-19 Vaccination Information and Planning for Fall 2021 on the following ISSS webpage:
Covid-19 Vaccine Information and Planning for Fall 2021

Placement Testing for English and Math 

First-year and transfer students (not in the ACE program) who are from a country where English isn't the main language will need to take a writing test online. This test will help the English Department to determine which English writing class is best for you.

Students may also be required to take the Math Placement Test.

Those students requiring placement tests will receive an email with detailed instructions on when and how to complete the testing. Please check for it in your email! 

Did you know? 

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Miami's name comes from the Myaamia people

Miami University is located within the traditional homelands of the Myaamia and Shawnee people, who, along with other indigenous groups, ceded these lands to the United States in the first Treaty of Greenville in 1795. The Miami people, whose name our university carries, were forcibly removed from these homelands in 1846.

In 1972, a relationship between Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma began and evolved into a reciprocal partnership, including the creation of the Myaamia Center at Miami University in 2001. The work of the Myaamia Center serves the Miami Tribe community and is dedicated to the revitalization of Miami language and culture and to restoring that knowledge to the Myaamia people.

Read the full Land Acknowledgement of Miami University

Learn more about the Myaamia and Miami

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